Like father, like son: Kendall Stephens on learning the game

Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Everette Stephens showed his son Kendall early on what it would take to become a Division I basketball player.

Last year as a freshman, Kendall Stephens averaged 8 points per game while shooting 37 percent from long distance. Numbers that led to him being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

The sophomore guard describes what it was like to learn the game from a 1,000-point scorer at Purdue.

“He taught really everything I need to know, really. From grade school when I would go out and work with him and him showing me how to shoot and workout on my own,” said Kendall Stephens.

The elder Stephens wasn’t known as a pure shooter, but Kendall gives much of the credit to his father.

“My dad was actually a pretty good shooter. I don’t think he gets enough credit for it, but he actually taught me a lot of mechanics and about the fundamentals of it,” said Stephens.

His 64 three-pointers were the second most by a Purdue freshman in school history — E’Twaun Moore holds the record at 66 set in 2008 — and he led all Big Ten freshman in triples made.

“I think by continuing to work on it I was able to get the skill down pretty well. I can still be a lot better, but I think I’ve come a long ways. He’s definitely had a big impact on my life especially as far as basketball goes,” said Stephens. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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